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Streamlining Raithu Bandhu

Two quick fixes to help make Raithu Bandhu better focussed by targeting the right beneficiaries.

Firstly, those land holdings that are more than 10 acres could be taken off the list of beneficiaries, thereby saving 14% of the project cost or roughly Rs. 2,000 crores per annum.

Secondly, by making sure Raithu Bandhu scheme is only applicable for the land if the farmer cultivates the land, 30% of the project cost or roughly Rs. 4,500 crores per annum can be saved.

Oil bonds in India: Facts and fiction

In this investigative article, see how our featured columnist Tharun Thatikonda debunks the claim of BJP that it paid an unpaid bill of Oil bonds worth Rs. 1.3 lakh Crore . An investigation into the budget reports clearly show that NDA government paid only Rs. 43,725 Crore. (Repayment: Rs. 3,500 Crore and Interest payment: Rs. 40,225 Crore). Also, this payment amounts to only 6% of the total excise duty (a whopping amount of Rs. 7,49,485 Crore) collected by Government of India during the NDA tenure.